Dodge Dakota ForumDodge Dakota PhotosDodgeDakota.net Membership
  Forums   Forum Tools
10:53:47 - 04/13/2024

Off Road
FromMessage
Hawkeye
Gen III
 Email User Profile


8/11/2001
16:35:39

Subject: Round bar at rear of frame
IP: Logged

Message:
Does anyone know what the round bar that runs between the frame rails just behind the rear bumper is for? No one at any of the dealers here can tell me. It is suspended by rubber mounts on either end and you can wiggle it pretty easy. Only explanation I have gotten so far from one service dept. Is that it is a frame stabilizer. I have never heard of such a thing and fail to see how in the world it could do that.

'00 QC 4x4
4.7 3.55 LSD
32x11.50 BFG AT's
Green Thunder

Dan Gruber
Gen III
 Email User Profile


8/11/2001
17:34:58

RE: Round bar at rear of frame
IP: Logged

Message:
The location you describe is right where my factory hitch is, and I don't have anything else around there except for the spare tire. I know the rear sway bar is mounted on these plastic/rubber arms, but that is attached to the axle and the frame, much farther forward than you describe. I looked in my service manual and couldn't find anything there either.

Dan
2000 CC SLT 4.7 4X4 Auto 3.55 LSD

Hawkeye
Gen III
 Email User Profile


8/11/2001
17:57:58

RE: Round bar at rear of frame
IP: Logged

Message:
Dan, it is between the Sapre tire and the bumber. Right behind where the tag is.

'00 QC 4x4
4.7 3.55 LSD
32x11.50 BFG AT's
Green Thunder

WhiteOn
Dodge Dakota
 Email

8/11/2001
22:06:19

RE: Round bar at rear of frame
IP: Logged

Message:
Could it be your spare tire winch shaft?



Hawkeye
Gen III
 Email User Profile


8/12/2001
08:00:44

RE: Round bar at rear of frame
IP: Logged

Message:
Nope. This one is about 2 inchs in diam. and runs between the frame from one side to the other.I know where the winch shaft and sway bar are. I dont have the sway bar anyway. Guess I need to take a picture of it.

'00 QC 4x4
4.7 3.55 LSD
32x11.50 BFG AT's

Swampdak
Gen III
 User Profile


8/12/2001
19:34:02

RE: Round bar at rear of frame
IP: Logged

Message:
Hawkeye, I dont have this bar but I have seen it on a 2001 QC,It seems to have some spring to it you can wiggle it a little,I wonder if it is some sort of stabilizer???

Y2K CC 4.7 AUTO 4X4 3.55 TRAC-LOK SLT K&N 16.35/82.41

Hawkeye
Gen III
 Email User Profile


8/12/2001
19:39:10

RE: Round bar at rear of frame
IP: Logged

Message:
Mine is a 2000. It does wiggle. Thats because it is rubber at each end. Like I said, 1 dealer said it was a frame stabilizer but I dont see how it would do that. Never even heard of something like that.
As for location, it is right behind the tag. If you look between the top of the tag and the bottom of the tailgate, thats where it is.


'00 QC 4x4
4.7 3.55 LSD
32x11.50 BFG AT's
Urban Warrior

swampdak
Gen III
 User Profile


8/12/2001
19:47:40

RE: Round bar at rear of frame
IP: Logged

Message:
Sorry Hawkeye I should read these posts before I answer.My dealer had no idea what it was.It sure is curious though, I will let you know if I hear anything.

Y2K CC 4.7 AUTO 4X4 3.55 TRAC-LOK SLT K&N 16.35/82.41

Hawkeye
Gen III
 Email User Profile


8/12/2001
19:50:56

RE: Round bar at rear of frame
IP: Logged

Message:
Cool, thanks.
Its just something that I ahve been wondering about. You know what I mean.

'00 QC 4x4
4.7 3.55 LSD
32x11.50 BFG AT's
Urban Warrior

Python97
Dodge Dakota


8/12/2001
21:09:21

RE: Round bar at rear of frame
IP: Logged

Message:
It is a mass dampener. It is used to address
NVH issues. I dont know what NVH issues are
but thats what it says.



Python97
Dodge Dakota


8/12/2001
21:16:35

RE: Round bar at rear of frame
IP: Logged

Message:
It is a mass dampener. It is used to address
NVH issues. I dont know what NVH issues are
but thats what it says.



J. C. Brandon
Dodge Dakota
 Email

8/13/2001
02:04:25

RE: Round bar at rear of frame
IP: Logged

Message:
NVH is an acronym for Noise, Vibration, and Harshness. So this thing is some effort to make the truck quieter or more comfortable. Mine's a 2000 Club Cab and I don't think it's got a "mass dampener." Interesting, though.



Python97
Dodge Dakota


8/13/2001
11:08:25

RE: Round bar at rear of frame
IP: Logged

Message:
Aaaa NVH means that. It says in my repair manual that its only in the Quad Cabs. I guess they tend to make more noise that the others.



Modoc Dave
Dodge Dakota
JOIN HERE


8/22/2003
14:55:33

RE: Round bar at rear of frame
IP: Logged

Message:
Just spoke to Dodge tech. support. Was told the mass dampener was installed to reduce a vibration in the Quad cab. Due to the lite bed. I was also told by the dealer service dept.and factory rep that it can be removed. dealer dept said it will reduce weight by 50 pounds. but as easy, as it can jiggled I doubt that. Has anyone removed it?
If so did you notice any change?



shiftrider
Dodge Dakota
JOIN HERE


8/24/2003
15:13:32

RE: Round bar at rear of frame
IP: Logged

Message:
that last reply was 2 years and 9 days before you replied, it might take awhile for them to get back to you on that



KJ
Dodge Dakota
JOIN HERE
 Email

4/13/2023
17:21:00

RE: Round bar at rear of frame
IP: Logged

Message:
I just had to replace the rear bumper in my 2003 Dakota quad cab,
and it has this vibration dampener bar. They used a new bumper I
got off of another 2003 Dakota extended cab did not have this
vibration bar, so I am drilling two holes and installing it in between
the brackets. Asking my son, which is a master mechanic states
that this vibration dampener is in there for towing purposes, to
keep down the vibration and shaking while towing it, especially if
you’re towing from a ball installed in the bumper, but it will help
even if you’re using your tow package .



KJ
Dodge Dakota
JOIN HERE
 Email

4/13/2023
17:23:54

RE: Round bar at rear of frame
IP: Logged

Message:
Also, my 2003 dodge Dakota quad cab just turned 301,000 miles !!
And I still drive it to Florida or New York right now. The only
reason I had to replace the rear bumper because somebody rear
ended me, goodness.



   P 1


Post a reply to this message:

Username Registration: Optional
All visitors are allowed to post messages


Name:
Email:
Notify me when I get a reply to my message:Yes  No

Icons:            

Subject:
Message:
 



Home | Forums | Members | Pictures | Contact Us

This site is in no way affiliated with Chrysler or any of its subsidiaries.